Contractors to finish Griffiths Mxenge Road rehabilitation
 
Contractors moved back on site on Monday, 14 January 21013, to finish work on the rehabilitation of Griffiths Mxenge Highway in Umlazi. This was unanimously agreed on by different stakeholders during a workshop to finalise conditions for the resumption of the project held at Botanic Gardens on Thursday, 10/01/13. The stakeholders included the eThekwini Municipality, main contractor Milling Techniks, local councillors as well as representatives of the Umlazi Business Forum, taxi industry, ANC and SANCO. Construction work on the road had stalled for several months after the contractor was forced off site due to intimidation. This resulted in the road further deteriorating causing an inconvenience to residents. However, following a series of consultations with stakeholders, the Municipality undertook interim remedial work whereby some of the excavation was filled in prior to the festive season in order to ease the congestion.
 
At the workshop, stakeholders agreed that the contractor will return to site unconditionally and will explore ways of expediting the construction process.
 
City Manager, Sbu Sithole, pointed out that it would take about three weeks for the construction work to be fully operational as it takes time to re-establish personnel, plant and machinery back on site. An investigation will also be conducted to determine the extent of the damage caused during the period of absence and to determine the costs to remedy this.
 
In order to ease traffic congestion during construction, Metro Police will deploy extra personnel to control traffic flow.
 
A stakeholders’ forum was also established to monitor progress and to iron out any outstanding issues.
 
Sithole thanked stakeholders for their cooperation in finding a solution to the impasse. “The objective of this workshop was to ensure that we resume the upgrade of Griffiths Mxenge Highway and other roads in Umlazi. We also wanted to develop a future model and framework that will guide us in future when doing projects in all areas of eThekwini that will ensure that local communities benefit not only in terms of jobs but also business opportunities,” he said.
 
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Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za